Today at Lakehead University, the drums of the Pow Wow will echo across the campus

Pow wow
Some of the drummers at Pays Plat - Photo by Phoebe Butcher

Lakehead University Annual Pow WowTHUNDER BAY – The warm-ups are over! Today at Lakehead University, the drums of the Pow Wow will echo across the campus from the C. J. Saunder’s Field House. The Pow Wow opens to the public at 1:00PM and admission is free.

Lakehead University Pow Wow

It is a great way to gain a further understanding of the richness of the Aboriginal culture in Thunder Bay.

In co-operation with the Lakehead University Native Students Association, and Lakehead University, is offering the Pow Wow live with an HD Livestream+ © broadcast over the ‘Net. This is to the best of our knowledge the first time a Pow Wow has been broadcast live in Northwestern Ontario. Our partners at Shaw Cable Ten will be on site Saturday covering the event as well. So you can tune in over the weeks to come to see interviews and more of the colourful heritage of the Pow Wow.

The Elders have granted permission for the Grand Entry to be shared as well. The prayers and ceremonies, will not be filmed in keeping with the traditions, and to respect the wishes of the Elders.

Themed “New Beginnings”, this Pow Wow will reflect on what students, have experienced and accomplished throughout the academic year together at Lakehead University. The annual Pow Wow is LUNSA’s signature event, which showcases tremendous entertainment and reinforces traditional aspects of Aboriginal culture. Vendors will be in attendance to sell traditional Aboriginal merchandise.

Attendees welcome to enjoy a feast – free of charge.

Master of Ceremony: Jim Mishquart (Rocky Bay, FN)
Arena Director: Todd Genno (Pic River, FN)
Spiritual Advisor: Kalvin Ottertail (Lac La Croix, FN)

Host Drum: Shadow Creek Singers
Co-Host Drum: Little Bear Singers
Special Honorary Drum: Little Eagle Drummers/Singers

Saturday: Grand Entry – 1PM and 7PM
Traditional Feast – 5PM
Sunday: Grand Entry – 1PM

The goal of LUNSA, Lakehead University and in offering this event is to help to build bridges and understanding between people across Northwestern Ontario and beyond about the rich history of Aboriginal Heritage.

If you are a young person, across Northern Ontario, or Canada, and looking for a great place to continue your education, Lakehead University is offering excellent programs that will help you build your future with success. Visit for more information.

To share this first video offers you, right from organizing the volunteers, to the booths setting up, and then into the fellowship, drumming and songs that everyone enjoyed on Friday night!

The second video offers more of the songs and fellowship. Both videos are live and unedited. They offer you a view of what was happening, through the eyes of the camera.

[youtube:Li1pMIjcOfY] would like to thank Nathan and Dakota for their help on this event.

Here is a map to show the location of the Pow Wow. The C. J. Saunders Fieldhouse is located on Oliver Road, just to the west of the main campus entrance.


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